William 'Bill' Franklin Holden II, age 79, of Rochester passed away Thursday morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus. Bill was born March 14, 1943 in La Crosse, WI to William and Kathryn (Lund) Holden. He was employed by IBM for 32 years and proudly served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966. He lived in several towns and was always very involved in community service activities wherever he lived; Eyota, MN, Shell Lake, WI, Blooming Prairie, MN and most recently Rochester, MN. For the last five months Bill resided at Cascade Creek Memory Care in Rochester.
Bill coordinated the startup of Washburn Christian Outreach, was on the Lakeland Family Resource Center Board of Directors, volunteered at the Food Pantry, and started Ruby's Pantry, all in Spooner, WI. He was also a member of St Francis de Sales Parish Council, and Knights of Columbus all in Spooner. He was an American Legion member in Eyota and Blooming Prairie.
William is survived by his wife, Karen, sister Martha (John) Walski, and children William M. Holden, Kraig (Lindsey) Eddy, Kael (Jerilyn) Eddy, Kateri (José) Cornejo, Jerry Holden, and Joseph Holden. He is also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Lisa.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 31,2022 at Pax Christi Catholic Church 4135 18th Ave. NW in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, in Preston, MN.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Holden family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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We were so sorry, Karen, to hear of Bill's death. We know it has been a difficult journey the last several months. We have been through that journey together at Cascade Creek where we learned today about Billl's death. We would have attended the service had we known to give you support but let us know if there is anything we can do at this time. Fordly Rose & Hank Kliewer
I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I loved seeing Bill and Karen at the Cornejo house. Bill would always have a clever jab at me, which would make me laugh. He was a fun guy and I'll really miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Bill was a wonderful friend and my mentor while working for IBM. We worked together closely and travelled the world for about two Years. We had lots of fun, enjoyed travelling, both liked food too much, and spend a lot of time professionally and personally. Professionally Bill was well regarded in IBM's Manufacturing and Development world, everybody knew Bill and admired him for his expertise, knowledge but most of all for his personality. Always kind, facilitating progress and acting in the best interest of IBM. Personally I have learned so much from Bill. We met as families, and Bill was there soon after our twins were born in CT, and he also travelled to the East Coast a few Years later when we visited the US and spend a couple of days with us. And I had the pleasure to visit Bill and Karen at the log home after Bill retired from IBM, discovering the virtues of ice fishing and good conversation. Bill, I will miss you !
Karen and family, I wish you all the best in these difficult times and remember him as the great persson he was!
We will miss you, Bill! You made the best coffee, attracted the best birds and could make great Spatzel!!
Bill was a great friend to the entire Baumhover clan and we will miss him and all of the shenanigans he got up to with my Dad, Roger. I am remembering fondly the many get togethers at the lake with Karen and Bill and wishing your family peace during these difficult days.
I was so sorry to hear about Bill's death. I have so many wonderful memories of Bill - from a visit to Lake Miltona, MN when I was 14, to seeing him when I was at St. Olaf and finally our visit when you were in Wisconsin - Spooner Lake, I guess, when Tom and I stayed with you in your wonderful log home. He and I share a birthday - March 14 - and that always felt special. I'm so happy for him that he had a wonderful marriage with Kateri. Although we didn't see each other very often, I'll miss him
Our deepest sympathy to Karen and your/Bill’s children. He was such a kind man and always fun to have conversely with. Breezy was not the same with his absence this year. We will treasure the fond memories and miss him dearly. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Barb Malinski
R.I.P Ole Friend. Thoughts and Prayers for Karen and your entire family. You will be missed.
Tom & Vicki